Saturday, November 26, 2011
Why, pray tell, has it been so long? Life, I suppose. It managed to get busy...busier than I anticipated or hoped for. It hasn't been an all bad kind of busy, but neither has it always been of the all good variety of busy either. Some of it has been "fabulous and fun" busy-ness. Some of it has been "I'd rather just bury my head in the sand" busy-ness. And, in the midst of living this full life, I ran out of time and energy to stop and write. Hopefully, it is just a hiccup. Hopefully, I'll be back to writing on a somewhat regular basis again soon.
In the meantime, for the moment, I'll write about my kids.
Tonight, during dinner, we discussed Thanksgiving...all that we have to be thankful for. Our lists were long and full of good things, events, and people. After talking about all that we are thankful for, however, we also discussed the reality that we are among the richest and healthiest people in the world. Something to be thankful for? Yes, absolutely! But, it is also something that should make us uncomfortably thankful...and honestly unsettled. It is something that should not be easy to swallow.
This is not a new discussion in our home. It has, in fact, been a topic of previous posts. And yet, each time we discuss it, it brings about the humbling and pressing reality that we must somehow respond . As people who call ourselves followers of Jesus, we are responsible to care for the hurting in the world. So, tonight we decided we would act by picking out and ordering items from the World Vision Gift Catalog. The gifts were small, but meaningful and beneficial...to someone in the world and to us. In the end, the children chose 5 ducks, 2 rabbits, 2 soccer balls, and a set of mosquito nets. A tiny drop in a huge bucket.